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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Validating a simplified PV model against TRNSYS model

Danilo Yu, Ragnheidur Gudmundsdottir, RŽmi Catteau, Raghad Kamel, Alan Fung, Farahnaz Mohammadi, Kaamran Raahemifar

Abstract: The use of renewable energy resources onsite is one of the foundations of a net zero-energy community. This paper outlines the results of the comparison of the PV output estimation between TRNSYS and a simplified model coded in MATLAB. This simplified PV model will be part of an integrated net-zero community energy simulation platform being developed at Ryerson University and will be used for the operational control of the PV outputs of the community. The models used by TRNSYS are regarded as accurate but TRNSYS is complicated to use, requires lots of input data and difficult to integrate into a community optimization algorithm. The discrepancies in the simulation runs between the two models can be attributed to the different methods used in deriving the hourly sky temperature and the PV module temperature but overall the PV output of the simplified model gave satisfactory results.
Pages: 753 - 761